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  • January 11, 2013

    The Christian Science Monitor

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    As part of an ongoing series of conversations about building America's energy future, the Monitor hosted a roundtable discussion in Washington on Dec. 12, 2012, with several clean-energy experts. The video below is an excerpt from panelist Daphne Wysham, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and founder and co-director of the Sustainable Energy and Economy Network. Ms. Wysham speaks about her vision for a bipartisan clean-energy policy in America. 

    DAPHNE WYSHAM: I think that common ground starts around "Made in the USA" manufacturing, keeping jobs in the United States, keeping them competitive, in-sourcing investments that employ our own well-trained workers, and thinking about energy security and climate security as two goals that we want to achieve, which means getting more energy from within our own borders, and less from foreign sources.

  • January 10, 2013

    Responding to Climate Change

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    “We shouldn’t be paying coal producers that are still doing well and we shouldn’t be subsidising dirty energy given the climate reality that we are facing,” says Janet Redman, co-director of the Sustainable Energy and Economy Network at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington.

    “That extends to support for exporting coal as well. These should be off the table and Obama should be pushing for that in the next four years,” Redman told RTCC adding that the present “all of the above energy strategy” should focus more on clean energy.

  • November 15, 2012

    Allafrica.com

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    Part of what the privatisation of the fund allows for is for developed countries to weasel their way out of responsibilities under the principles of equity and CBDR by allowing private finance to fill the void of their unfulfilled promises.

    Many from developed countries are pushing for direct and indirect access to the GCF [Global Climate Fund] for private sector companies.

    According to Janet Redman of the Institute for Policy Studies, if such a proposal goes ahead "Shell and Exxon could get access to [the fund to] build a massive wind farm in Mexico that powers Walmart". This is a worrying trend for developing countries who may have wanted to use the fund to bolster national attempts to respond to climate change.

  • November 12, 2012

    The Muscatine (IA) Journal features article “How Sandy Reveals the GDP's Twisted Logic”

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  • November 8, 2012

    The Huffington Post features article “How Sandy Reveals the GDP's Twisted Logic”

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  • October 30, 2012

    Think Progress features blog “On Not Scaring Ourselves to Death: Moving Beyond the Adrenaline Rush of a Good Storm to an Energy Revolution”

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    This Frankenstorm, can we stop fooling ourselves? Our planet desperately needs us to act like adults and get beyond [just] responding to one storm after another, as though each one were a unique shock, and not related to an overall climate crisis of enormous proportions.

    We need our political leaders and weather-casters to end the silence on climate change, to tell us the truth: That these storms will only grow more intense as our oceans warm and the Arctic melts. And we need to start to think long-term, to start claiming responsibility and not blame Mother Nature for our plight.

  • October 23, 2012

    Kansas City InfoZine

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    Daphne Wysham said today: "The Arctic is melting to record lows, extreme weather is increasing, grain reserves are at record lows threatening millions with hunger should there be another bad grain harvest next year, but there was NO mention of climate change in the presidential debates.

    . . . On the surface, the candidates appear to hold different positions on climate change . . . Yet both candidates have made clear -- either in coded language or in outright support -- that they will allow the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline from Canada to the United States to proceed with little impediment, ignoring warnings from NASA’s top climate scientist, Dr. James Hansen, that if the Canadian tar sands are fully exploited, 'it is game over for Earth’s climate.' "

    Money from Exxon:
    Romney: $108,860
    Obama: $57,846

    From Energy/Natural Resources Sectors:
    Romney: $6,385,880
    Obama: $1,607,407

  • October 4, 2012

    The Huffington Post features report “America Is Not Broke”

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    Most importantly, nobody dared to breathe the truth, lest it actually get out -- America Is Not Broke.

    That's right, the debate was an exercise in ridiculousness that produced no insight, no plan, no inspiration, no leadership, no truth. We are rich. We have enough money to put nutritious food on the tables of the one in five U.S. kids who are hungry and undernourished. We have enough money to help the laid-off moms and dads make ends meet until they get another job.

  • September 12, 2012

    Pacific Sun features report “America Is Not Broke”

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  • September 5, 2012

    The Liberty (TX) Vindicator features article “The Six Stages of Climate Grief”

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